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Creative Director Of American 'Vogue' Steps Down

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

Fashion icon Grace Coddington is the longtime creative director of American Vogue. We learn more about her legacy, and what the change could mean for one of the most famous fashion magazines.

'Act Of God' Blamed By Energy Company For Decade-Old Oil Spill

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

An oil and gas company spoke publicly this week for the first time on a decade-long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 toppled a production platform off the Louisiana coast. It's created chronic oil slicks ever since. Environmentalists sued to force Taylor Energy to show what it's doing to clean up the leak, and just how much pollution it has caused.

Uproar Grows Louder Over Lead Contamination Of Flint's Water

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan, became more political Wednesday when President Obama met with Mayor Karen Weaver.

German Anger Toward Migrants Is Directed At North Africans

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 4:11am

North Africans are blamed for recent attacks on German women. Police are raiding their communities — including the largest one in Dusseldorf. Some long-time Moroccan residents are fighting back.

Can A $9 Computer Spark A New Wave Of Tinkering And Innovation?

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:56am

It fits in your hand, can connect to Wi-Fi and has Bluetooth. The $9 CHIP promises to be a teaching tool that's also fun to play with. It's just one of several low-cost computers hitting the market.

Women's Hockey Takes Stage As New Pro Sports League

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:55am

Founder Dani Rylan launched the league in October with teams in Boston, Buffalo, Connecticut and New York City. For girls who want to play pro, she says, the NWHL can turn dreams into reality.

When 'Your Heart Is A Muscle,' Empathy Is A Revolutionary Act

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:54am

Writer Sunil Yapa says his father taught him to have a global perspective from a very young age. Yapa's new novel was inspired by explosive global trade protests that took place in Seattle in 1999.

Federal Workplace Law Fails To Protect Employees Left Out Of Workers' Compensation

Thu, 01/21/2016 - 3:53am

Companies that opt out of state workers' comp laws say the Employee Retirement Income Security Act will ensure injured workers get justice. But an NPR investigation found that may not be true.

Pakistani Forces Gain Control Of University After Gunmen Attack

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:39am

Gunmen attacked a university in Charsadda, Pakistan, killing at least 20 people. Steve Inskeep talks to Jonathan Boone, a reporter with The Guardian. Charsadda has been the scene of previous attacks.

Connecticut School Changes Colors Of Graduation Gowns

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:25am

At Glastonbury High School, boys used to wear blue gowns; girls wore pink. The school's Gay Straight Alliance Club requested the change. Now everybody will wear a blue gown with a white sash.

North Korean Scientists Come Up With 'Amazing' Breakthroughs

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 6:19am

Last year the scientists came up with a vaccine that could cure AIDS, drug addition and Ebola. This year, according to the Pyongyang Times, they've discovered hangover-free alcohol.

Pakistan University Attack

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

A major battle is going on in the northwest region of Pakistan. Gunmen stormed a university campus, killing at least 19 people. The attack triggered a gunbattle with police and army troops.

'Camp Cruz' Houses Volunteers Supporting Texas Senator's Presidential Bid

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Camp Cruz is a surplus college dorm in Iowa filled with volunteers for GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, complete with a camp counselor and daily cheers for the Texas senator.

China's Economy Grew At Its Slowest Rate In25 Years

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

China's growth dipped to 6.8 percent in the last quarter of 2015, dragging down annual growth to 6.9 percent. Not since China faced international sanctions over the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre has its economy grown at such a slow pace. Investors had expected the results, and are looking to Chinese policymakers to enact a stimulus plan.

Pamela Anderson Lends Star Power To Fight Against Foie Gras In France

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

The former Baywatch actress showed up in Parliament to promote animal rights. She is supporting a congresswoman who wants to end force-feeding of animals to produce a cherished culinary delicacy.

European Pirate Radio Network Broadcasts Alternative To Syria's State Media

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Syria's government used to be the only source of news for the Syrian people, but exiled opposition journalists have a way to broadcast an alternative view of what's happening in the war-torn country. A non-profit organization in Berlin, Germany, has invented a small, portable transmitter that can download satellite signals and rebroadcast them on FM for Syrians to listen to on their car or household radios.

Michigan Governor Vows To Fix Flint's Drinking Water Emergency

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his State of the State address, and apologized for the drinking water disaster in Flint. he said he will release his emails on the lead-contaminated tap water in Flint.

Amnesty International Report: Child Labor Used To Gather Minerals For Gadget Batteries

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Amnesty International says that Apple, Samsun and Sony are failing to do basic checks to make sure that minerals in their products are not mined by children in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

VW Fix Should Be Less Emotional Than His Previous Cases, Feinberg Says

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Volkswagen recall administrator Kenneth Feinberg talks to Renee Montagne about the status of the recall process, and what VW needs to do to satisfy state and federal regulators. He oversaw the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, BP's settlement over its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and GM's settlement over ignition problems.

Palin Endorses Trump; Her Choice Is A Blow To Ted Cruz

Wed, 01/20/2016 - 4:10am

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump received the endorsement of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin in Iowa on Tuesday. The 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee — a Tea Party favorite — has been largely absent from the 2016 race so far. Sen. Ted Cruz had been hoping Palin would endorse him.

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